Hillary and Clinton

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In an alternate universe light years away from our own is a planet called Earth. It looks a lot like our Earth, except it's slightly different. And living on this other earth is a woman named Hillary. Hillary is trying to become the president of a country called the United States of America. It's 2008 and she's campaigning in a state called Iowa. She's not doing very well in the polls. She needs more money to keep the campaign going, so she calls her husband for help. He offers her a deal, a tough deal, but when she gets his help, she gets more than she bargained for.

You may think you know where this story is going, but you don't. After all, the play takes place in an alternate universe where anything can happen...

Read Sample

BILL
All I’m saying is go out there tomorrow and do something, anything,
that will show the part of you that you’re embarrassed to show.
You gotta take a risk here. At this point, you’ve got nothing to lose.

HILLARY
Except for --

BILL
Except for what?

HILLARY
… No. Forget it. Forget the money.
I don’t need your money.
Mark and I will figure out something else. I’m not going to become your puppet.
Mark stays where he is. You stay where you are, which is not on the trail,
not making speeches, not calling the shots.

BILL
You’re scared.

HILLARY
Yes. Yes, a little scared, yes.

BILL
Then let people see it. That’s all.

HILLARY
...

BILL
...

HILLARY
In 92. We’re on the trail.
Some reporter comes to me for an interview.
It’s supposed to be a fluff piece, meet the wife, that type of thing,
and in the middle of this interview
this reporter, she asks me how I felt about that girl.
And I said, “What girl?”
And she said, “That girl that your husband had an affair with.”
And this was the first I’d ever heard about it.
And she said, “The one that everyone is talking about.”
And I had no idea.
And I cried.
Right there, in the middle of that interview, I just started crying.
Because I knew that they were right. I had never heard of that girl before,
but I knew they were right. Because I knew you, and I knew you probably were sleeping with other women. And right there, in the middle of the interview, the reporter started laughing.
She said, “Oh come on. That’s the best you can do?” as though,
as though my crying wasn’t real and it was just a show.

So I decided from that day on that I would never let on.
I would never show what was really going on inside.
And then it happened again. 10 years ago.
10 years from this exact date. I was in the bedroom,
and I was there with our kid, and she was on her first winter break from college,
and we were playing Street Fighter 2 on the Nintendo,
and it was good to see her, because I was missing her so much –
it was the first time I’d seen her since she had left for college –
and we were playing Street Fighter 2 on the Nintendo,
and you knock on the door.
(HILLARY simulates the knocking on the door.)
And you come in.
And you say, “Hillary, I have something I have to tell you.”
And I say, “Okay.”
And you say, “We should talk alone.”
And I say no, because I didn’t want to be without my kid,
because I didn’t want to be without her for even five minutes, and so I said she had to stay and you had to tell me what you had to tell me with her in the room.
And we kept on playing Street Fighter 2 on the Nintendo.

And you told me, you told me, “Next time you see the news they’re going to say that I’ve been sleeping with my intern.”
And I ask you, “Are they saying that because it’s true?”
And you didn’t answer, but you didn’t have to answer.
And I knew your answer was “yes” even though you never said “yes.”

And then what did I do, Bill, what did I do?

BILL
Nothing.

HILLARY
Nothing. And what did our kid do?

BILL
She cried.

HILLARY
And what did I tell her?

BILL
Don’t.

HILLARY
I told her “don’t,” because someday someone is going to ask her how she feels about this, and if she cries now, she’ll cry then, and then they’ll make fun of her for feeling what she’s feeling.
And she ran out of the room and I asked her to stay but she had already gone.
And so I continued playing Street Fighter 2 on the Nintendo, but this time without her.
And you asked me “Are you going to cry?”
And I said, “No, I’m not going to cry.”
And you said, “Why don’t you cry?”
And I said, “Do you want me to cry?”
And you said, “I wish you would cry, because if you cried that would mean you could still feel hurt. And if you could still feel hurt, then that means you could still feel for me.”
And you asked me, “Do you feel for me?”
And I said, “I don’t know.”
And you said, “I’m scared that if you don’t feel for me, then you’re going to divorce me.”
And you said, “Are you going to divorce me?”
And I thought about it and I said...

I said, “I won’t divorce you, Bill.”
You asked again, “Will you divorce me?”
And I said, “I won’t divorce you. I’m with you. I’m with you. Til the end I am with you.”

BILL
And I thank you for that.
I thank you, I don’t know what I would do without you.

HILLARY
This is what I’ve been through.
This is what I’ve been through, Bill.

BILL
And I thank you for that.

HILLARY
I don’t cry.
I keep it together. No matter what, I keep it together.
Because the moment you break,
that’s when they’ll say you’re weak,
and the moment they say you’re weak
that’s when you lose.

Cast Requirements

1 woman
3 men

Set Description

Unit

Production and Development History

Workshop: 24Seven Lab (2009).